Details: Released in 1964. About an hour and forty minutes long. Directed by Sergio Leone. Stars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch.
Of the three Sergio Leone westerns, I’d say The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best, For A Few Dollars More is the worst, and A Fistful of Dollars is in the middle. This is a good movie and has a lot of what I enjoyed from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, except they fit it into an hour and forty minute run-time versus a three hour run-time.
This film again stars our titular lone wanderer (played by Clint Eastwood again) who comes to a town where two factions are at war. The lone wanderer engages both sides in hopes of making some coin and wild west hijinks ensue.
It’s got a lot of clever backstabbing with a lot of ruthless killing in between. Eastwood’s character is generally a pretty lousy guy who doesn’t value human life. On the other hand, everyone else in the movie is about five times worse so it’s not hard to see Eastwood as the good guy. It’s a fun movie with action and a lot of moments where Eastwood looks really cool.
Overall, it’s an easy movie to recommend if you like action and the around one and a half hour run-time makes it even easier to recommend. Personally, I think that one and a half hours is the perfect amount of time for a movie to tell its story in the present day and A Fistful of Dollars adheres to that.